Skincare treatments have evolved a lot in recent times thanks to advancements in medicine and technology. Nowadays, customers can opt for different treatments for a single body part, each different in approach and the methods used.
One of the common questions that we hear nowadays is “What is the difference between Thread Lift and Facelift? Are both the same?”
The simple answer is that both Thread Lift and Facelift works to achieve one thing, but they differ in the steps used to achieve the result – To give a tighter, firmer look to the skin
Let us give you a brief description of both procedures.
Facelift – Removing excess skin for tighter skin
Facelift (Rhytidectomy) is the tried and tested method used to remove wrinkles and loose skin from the face by tightening the skin by pulling it back to specific spots on the face. A Facelift is a cosmetic surgery and will involve making incisions on the face, but the cosmetic surgeons will do the same in a strategic way so that the incision will not be visible.
Most commonly, the incisions are made at the hairline near to the ear to tighten the skin on the face. A second incision may be made under the chin to tighten the skin on the neck, which is also called a Neck Lift.
Once the incision is made, the skin is gently pulled back so that it begins to tighten, removing wrinkles or sagging in the process. Then excess skin is then removed and the incision is closed using sutures or staples.
Thread Lift – Bio-threads and a no-cut procedure
The tightening of the skin is achieved by using sutures that are inserted into the skin to produce the tightening effect. Instead of removing the excess skin, the Registered Nurse pulls back the thread and barbs on the thread which makes its presence invisible.
The sutures used in Thread Lift are generally made from a bio-compatible material (PDO thread) which is absorbed into the body with time.
Let’s look at some of the characteristics of both Facelift and Thread Lift Procedures.
1. Nature of the Procedure: Thread Lift is minimally invasive
Facelift is a surgical procedure and will require incisions at certain parts of your face. An experienced Doctor makes these cuts strategically so that they are not easily visible. Once the incision heals, it will be quite difficult to spot the cuts, and with time they just fade away.
A Thread Lift, on the other hand, doesn’t require incisions. It is minimally invasive as the Registered Nurse inserts the threads into the skin using a needle without making deep cuts. In Thread Lift, there is no need to remove excess skin as the tension of the thread raises the skin to give it the firm look.
2. The longevity of Results: Choose Facelift for long-lasting results
Facelift gives the longest lasting results of the two as a Facelift surgery can give you results that stays as long as 10 years. The long-lasting nature of Facelift is owed to the fact that excess skin is removed from the face.
For Thread Lift, you will have results that last up to 6 to 18 months. The longevity is based on various factors like the type of thread and the amount of sagging prior to the procedure. The threads used in Thread Lift is absorbed into the body within six months and as they dissolve.
3. Recovery time: Thread Lift takes only hours
Facelift leaves behind wounds that need to heal. When compared to the Thread Lift, which basically makes no linear cuts on the skin, the recovery period is usually more. Experts recommend 2 weeks for complete recovery.
The anesthesia administered during the Facelift surgery makes it impossible for you to do complex tasks like driving after the procedure has been completed. The anesthesia used in Thread Lift is highly localized, which wears off after about 30 to 45 minutes.
A patient who had undergone Thread Lift can leave the clinic and the go on with their lives right away. Patients who have undergone Facelift have to undergo observation to make sure the wounds are properly cleaned and dressed.
4. When you are in a hurry: Choose Thread Lift
Since Facelift comes with a resting time (10 days or more), it is not suited for occasions where you need quick results, but can’t afford a long resting time.
A Thread Lift is particularly helpful in such situations where you want to have not always immediate results with very less downtime (as the swelling disappears within 2 – 3 days max).
5. Which one gives the best results: Facelift
When we talk about results, we need to understand the demographic targeted by the two procedures. At a glance, Facelift gives the best results because the cosmetic surgeon has more control over your skin.
By removing the excess skin and making strategic incisions, the surgeon can tighten the skin in such a way that even harsh wrinkles or sagging can be removed. So Facelift surgery is very effective for people who are in the age range of 35 – 65 with prominent signs aging.
Thread Lift cannot create the results of a Facelift Surgery, but it doesn’t aim to do so! Thread Lift is targeted for a different age group that ranges from 30 to 50 years old with moderate signs of aging. The Thread Lift can easily remove moderate signs of aging.
6. How much do they cost you?
The advancements in technology and the availability of materials have brought down the cost of both procedures significantly over the years.
When we compare the cost between the two, Facelift stands the costly option priced between $7500 and $10000. Thread Lifts only costs about half as much and you can find the prices ranging between $1500 to $5000.
Choosing between the two comes down to your requirements and variables associated with your skin and age. In certain cases, Facelift will better suit you while in other scenarios, Thread Lift might be the better option.
If you have a tough time choosing between the two, just give us a call or leave us a message. Our skin care experts will be in touch with you, helping you choose the best skin treatment method. with Alluring Touch Med Spa, you can always have the best!